Be an agent of positive change.
The criminal justice system is an integral part of keeping our society safe. Its effectiveness is dependent on leaders who understand the complexity of the system, and its role in relation to other public service agencies and professionals.
With a BS in Criminal Justice from Rosemont College, you will receive the foundational knowledge needed to work in law enforcement, court administration, the judicial system, corrections, public or private security, or any other related field. You’ll also be exposed to practices in social justice and ethical leadership that are crucial, especially in times of tension.
Choose Your Path to Success
Criminal Justice is a broad and complex field and requires professionals with varied, yet focused, knowledge and experience. To meet this need, and to allow you to customize your career path toward your specific areas of interest, Rosemont offers five BS in Criminal Justice programs:
- BS Criminal Justice (customizable)
- BS Criminal Justice in Forensics
- BS Criminal Justice in Homeland Security
- BS Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
- BS Criminal Justice in Social Services
No matter the path you choose, you’ll be supported by faculty who have firsthand experience in the field, and by staff who are trained in supporting busy, working adults.
A Well-Rounded Curriculum
Each BS in Criminal Justice curriculum consists of 120-credits (40 courses). Students can transfer up to 90-credits, including credit for police academy, prior college credit, professional licenses and or certificates (FBI National Academy, FBI LEEDA, POSIT, DHS/FEMA Training), or other work experience.
Core Criminal Justice Courses (30 Credits)
Each BS in Criminal Justice program has the same core curriculum ensuring all students gain an understanding of the foundational information and practices needed to work in any criminal justice field.
- CRJ 1050: The Criminal Justice System
- CRJ 0200: Substantive Criminal Law/Procedure
- CRJ 0215: Diversity and the Law
- CRJ 0245: Criminology
- CRJ 0260: Criminal Investigations
- CRJ 0290: Women & Criminal Justice System
- CRJ 0300: Sociology of Law and Violence
- CRJ 0310: Statistical Analysis and the Criminal Justice System
- CRJ 0320: Investigational Research Methods
- CRJ 0450: Professional Seminar: Criminal Justice and Ethics Practice
All students will take 8 courses to focus their degrees. If you choose the traditional option, you will work with your advisor to select the courses that align with your areas of interest.
General Electives (24 Credits or 9 Credits)
- Customizable BS Criminal Justice (24 Credits): Work with your advisor to select the 8 courses, totaling 24 credits, that align with your areas of interest.
- Focus Area BS in Criminal Justice programs (9 Credits): When you select one of the predefined focus area programs—Forensics, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, or Social Services—you will choose 3 general elective courses, totaling 9-credits.
Focus Area Curriculum (15 Credits)
In addition to the 3 general elective courses (9-credits), each focus area program includes 5 courses (15-credits) to expand your knowledge in topics that will prepare you to work in high-demand criminal justice fields.
BS Criminal Justice in Forensics (24 Credits)
- CRJ 0220: Juvenile Delinquency
- CRJ 0250: “Sexual Offenses, Offenders, and Victims”
- CRJ 0270: Cybercrime
- CRJ 0360: CSI Criminalistics
- CRJ 0355: Victimology
BS Criminal Justice in Homeland Security (15 Credits)
- Choose 5-courses from Rosemont’s extensive Homeland Security-focused coursework.
BS Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement (15 Credits)
- Choose 5-courses from Rosemont’s extensive Law Enforcement-focused coursework.
BS in Criminal Justice in Social Services (15 Credits)
- Choose 5-courses from Rosemont’s extensive Social Services-focused coursework.
General Education (42 Credits)
All students must take 14 courses General Education courses in writing, humanities, social science, ethics, and multiculturalism. These courses reflect Rosemont’s approach to a liberal arts education.
General Electives (24 Credits)
Each BS in Criminal Justice program allows for 8 elective courses, allowing students opportunities to further customize their learning. This also allows flexibility for those transferring in previous credits that may not map to the core, focus, or general education curriculum.
Skills and Outcomes
Graduates will become Agents of Change and be capable of independent and reflective thought and action for our community through the cultivation of knowledge in the criminal justice system, criminology, social justice, and ethics.
In addition, this program offers a broad-based education in the liberal arts and develops practitioners who are skilled in written and oral communication. Graduates will be prepared for a career in the field of Criminal Justice and have the necessary tools to advance into professional positions of leadership.
Structured to Meet the Needs of Busy, Working Adults
- Convenient Online Format: Courses are offered online and structured to allow you to complete coursework independently, when it’s convenient for you.
- Manageable Coursework: Full-time accelerated students take two courses every seven weeks.
- Immediate ROI: Classroom learning will come to life through case studies where you’ll be encouraged to use your own job as a learning lab—which has the added benefit of reinforcing your value to your current employer.
- Experienced, Supportive Faculty: Our faculty are experienced professionals. They are experts in what they teach and have strong connections in their professional communities.
- Expand Your World: As busy adults, it can be hard to expand your worldview. Rosemont attracts a diverse student body, which brings different experiences and knowledge to the classroom, providing a robust learning experience.
- Easy & Free to Apply: We believe a quality education should be affordable and attainable, and our application process reflects this commitment. Applying is easy, and free.